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How to Have a DUI-Free St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Orange County

All across Orange County, people are looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day festivities at their favorite restaurants and bars. Large crowds are expected starting Friday and going well into Monday, the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day this year. In addition to free-flowing green beer, you should also expect to see an increase in DUI checkpoints throughout Orange County targeting intoxicated drivers. Last year, 45 people were arrested on suspicion…

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Will Your DUI Case Be Thrown Out If You Aren’t Read Your Miranda Rights?

There are many misconceptions when it comes to your Miranda rights. One such misconception is that if police do not read your Miranda rights then your case has to be thrown out. While this may be true in some cases, it does not mean your case will automatically be thrown out. Your attorney can help explain what to do if you were arrested for DUI and officers failed to read…

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Your Attorney May Be Able to Discredit Breathalyzer Evidence in a DUI Case

If you are arrested for driving under the influence, California’s Implied Consent law requires you to submit to a chemical test measuring your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Refusal to do so will cause the DMV to automatically suspend your license for a minimum of one year.1 Contrary to what many people believe, if you register a BAC of 0.08% or higher on a Breathalyzer test, all hope is not lost.…

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Held to a Higher Standard: How a DUI Conviction in the Military Can End Your Career

Handing your driver’s license to a police officer who just pulled you over on suspicion of DUI can be terrifying. You probably are aware that you could face jail time and the loss of your driver’s license if you are convicted of DUI. However, the consequences can be far more severe if you are member of the military. Members of the military are held to a high moral standard. As…

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Diet Cocktails Could Raise BAC Levels

Drinking alcohol is one of the easiest ways to sabotage your diet plan. One glass of beer has approximately 200 calories on average, whereas a jigger (1.5 ounces) of whiskey has nearly 100 calories.1 As a result, a new market for “diet cocktails” (artificially sweetened, low calorie alcoholic beverages) has recently emerged for weight-conscious imbibers. What are Diet Cocktails? A diet cocktail uses mixers made with artificial sweeteners. Some examples…

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Does Body Temperature Affect Your Chemical Breath Test?

Imagine this: You have fever of 101 degrees and are taking some over-the-counter medications, but your child’s birthday party is that night and you still need to go to the store. On the way, you are pulled over by police. Officers ask you if you have been drinking. You explain to them that you haven’t had anything to drink but that you are under the weather. The officers ask you…

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How an Underage DUI Will Affect Your Driver’s License

If you are below the age of 21 and you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, you will face serious consequences when it comes to your driving privileges. In California, if you are under 21 years old and you have a blood alcohol level (BAC) of just 0.01%, you could be charged with DUI. If you are below the age of 18 and have any measurable trace…

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Bad Luck or Bad Reputation: Do the Police Target Repeat DUI Offenders?

If you have a prior conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), you probably cannot escape the feeling that you have a target on your back every time you get in your car. Thanks to a recently implemented program by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you might be right to feel that way. In 2011, the DMV launched a pilot program with 15 law enforcement agencies aimed to keep…

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Is Uber Really Reducing the Number of Drunk Drivers?

Recently, the ride-hailing service Uber released a report claiming drunk driving incidents have decreased among young drivers in cities that Uber services. Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) conducted a study that they say shows Uber can be a “powerful tool in the fight to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes.”1 After the study was completed, Uber emailed its users saying that there are 59 less drunk driving…

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What to Do if a Medical Hold is Placed on Your Driver’s License

What exactly is a medical hold on your driver’s license? If you have a certain medical condition, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend or revoke your privilege to operate a vehicle. A medical hold is a probationary period in which the DMV determines whether you, as a result of your medical condition, are fit and physically able to drive. If the DMV believes you are not fit to drive…

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